10/18/14 10:55am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

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10/18/14 10:36am

Activities and entertainment include scarecrow making, puppet shows, musical performances, pony rides, face painting, exhibitors, food sales and more family fun. The annual Fall Family Festival is being held @ Armistead L Boothe Park which is located in Alexandria’s West End @ 520 Cameron Station Boulevard.

FallFestival

10/18/14 9:40am

Sometimes it is easy to forget how much the area you live in has to offer. The Washington DC area is famous for its monuments and politics, but did you know it also has a rich musical scene, complete with talented local artists?

Continuing the tradition of showcasing local music with the #MusicSaturday hashtag, here’s local Alexandria group The Alexandria Singers performing ‘Save the Last Dance’. You can find out more about this terrific vocal group at this link. You can also help The Alexandria Singers give back to Alexandria’s kids at this link.

Alexandria Singers

10/18/14 9:27am

If your taxes go up next year, don’t say I didn’t tell you about this.

What are your priorities for our City? What is most important to you?

whatsnextALXAs part of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process, the City of Alexandria is seeking community input on the outcomes and priorities that are most important to our residents. The City provides hundreds of programs and services to the community in an effort to achieve the goals and vision outlined in its Strategic Plan. Each year, the City develops a budget and makes tough decisions about how to best allocate resources to these programs. This year, as part of the What’s Next Alexandria initiative, the City will seek input from the community throughout the development of the budget.

This first phase of civic engagement is an online survey that asks community members to choose the long-term priorities most important to them. The survey, which is on the What’s Next Alexandria page, will be available through November 5.

Results of the survey will help provide information for development of the City Manager’s proposed budget. In January, the City will host a series of meetings that will allow participants to give more specific input on how the City allocates resources.

For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/engage or contact Arthur Wicks or 703.746.3739.

10/17/14 5:33pm

APD badgeThe Alexandria Police Department has charged three suspects in connection with the homicide of Julio Caesar Urrutia-Erazo that occurred in the 3800 block of Russell Road on June 19, 2014. Jesus Alejandro Chavez was charged with Use of Firearm During a Crime of Violence Causing Death, Murder in Aid of Racketeering, and Felony Possession of a Firearm. Jose Del Cid was charged with Murder in Aid of Racketeering. Genaro Sen Garcia was also charged with Murder in Aid of Racketeering.

These charges were placed through an indictment by the U.S. Attorneys Office. The full indictment charged 13 gang members with crimes in Prince William County, Fairfax County and Alexandria.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Sergeant Michael Kochis with the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6285.

10/17/14 2:44pm

For this Flashback Friday post, here’s a scene from a classic movie from 1973, Scorpio, which starred Burt Lancaster and features a prominent portion of Alexandria, Virginia in the scene.

The synopsis of the movie is that Burt Lancaster plays an aging CIA agent who’s finally had enough of the spy life and wants to quit the business so he can spend more time with his family. But his treacherous Bosses don’t want him to quit so they assign Alain Delon (A.K.A SCORPIO) to eliminate him.

Can you tell where in Alexandria this was filmed?

Scorpio-poster

(H/T Jim)